Gov’t spends P3.4 B to print national ID

Published October 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Lee C. Chipongian

The government will pay P30 per card for the 116 million blank cards the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will produce in the next three years for a total of P3.4 billion, officials said.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin E. Diokno. (Bloomberg photo)
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin E. Diokno. (Bloomberg photo)

BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said Filipinos will receive the national IDs for free with the central bank paying for the production which will be reimbursed by the National Government.

The BSP and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Monday formally signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the BSP taking charge of card production in a government-to-government deal. The PSA will handle the personalization of the IDs or the database and to ensure the “availability, confidentiality, integrity, accuracy and readiness” of the data for the BSP printed IDs.

Diokno said the foundational national ID has been 30 years in the making. The Philippine Identification System (Philsys) Act was only signed last year as Republic Act No. 11055.

Diokno said the national ID is a potential game changer as it will simplify public and private transactions through a reliable identification system, enabling the unbanked and the vulnerable sectors to have proof of identity, finally. “Banks KYC (Know Your Customer) requirements have to have two government-issued IDs. All you need now is one ID,” said Diokno.

The BSP and PSA will release about 14 to 15 million of national IDs by 2020 with a pilot testing in July next year, according to National Statistician and PSA Undersecretary Claire Dennis S. Mapa.

And “assuming there’s no problem” by next year, Mapa said it will be easier to follow through with another 15 million or more produced IDs by 2021 and the rest by 2022. The target for the completion of the 116 million cards is mid-2022, said Mapa.

The Philsys registration will start online by mid-2020 to ensure all Filipinos will have IDs by 2022. Mapa said it only takes about 15 minutes to register for the ID, based on ongoing pilot testing.

BSP Senior Assistant Governor Dahlia D. Luna, in-charge of the BSP Security Plant Complex (SPC) in Quezon City, said the first batch of national IDs will be released within the first quarter next year.

“We have to make sure that the ID will have security features – or the minimum requirement of PSA – and we will also have optical variables,” said Luna. She also assured that the national IDs will be “better than the Philippine passport, (it will be) more secure.” There are two procedures here, one is production of blank cards by BSP and the personalization to be done by PSA.

Luna said earlier that they will be leasing card production machines initially to comply with 2020 requirements.